Magical Sunset

Sunset is my favorite time of the day.  I love the soft colors and pastels, and then the peaceful feeling of dusk.  Sometime the clouds cooperate like in this image, and sometimes they don’t.  The thing is you don’t know if you don’t go.  Each sunset has unique light and part of the fun is…

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Recent client review of Maui Photo Tours

This review was received about a week ago and was written by John H from Baton Rouge. I chose Douglas Hoffman because of his work and his reputation. Sure, there are a lot of cheaper tours to drop you off at every waterfall to Hana, but this tour is at a different level. Douglas is…

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Wave Action creates powerful images that evoke emotion

  Water and motion can be used to evoke an emotional response and sense of wonder.  Slowing the shutter speed allows the waves to blend and in the process smooths out the scene and adds a cool frothy affect. Combining compositional elements like diagonal lines, or lines that repeat with motion enables the photographer to…

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Make you own path

  Each of us follows our own path.  This is what makes us unique.  When it comes to photography each of us has our own style and sense of creativity.  Listen to your invoice.  Try things.   Set out of your comfort zone.   Use the rules of composition as a guide and create images…

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Using Neutral density Filters on a Maui Photo Tour and Workshop in Makena

  This image was created on a recent Maui Photo Tour & Workshop with Richard from Alaska.  We spent the afternoon working with a variety of Neutral density filters.   We were trying to control the afternoon light, and slow the shutter so that we could crate artistic images of the coastline.  It takes a…

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Maui Photo Tours and Workshops loves using neutral density filters

This week Maui Photo Tours and Workshops had some clients that wanted to do a longer afternoon and sunset tour, so I built in a visit to Iao Valley in our schedule.  The are is famous for the Iao Needle.  Its an iconic landmark that every tourist bus stops at.   Perhaps that is why…

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Maui Photo Tours suggests using a tripod when creating landscape photography

At Maui Photo Tours and Workshops, we know it is a hassle  for Visitors  to pack a tripod.  Luggage restrictions are so harsh these days not to mention tripods are bulky and hard to fin in the suitcase or carry on.  We get it. That is why we have a light weight travel style tripod…

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Look up and see things from a different perspective

  One of the things we teach in our workshops is to think as an individual and create compositions that are unique and different. When walking through the forest the majority of people look straight ahead and enjoy being in nature. However a few take the time to look from different angles.  In this image…

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Been having fun scouting locations

I have been looking for tide pools that when the winds and tide are right offer still water that have reflections of trees or clouds.   Unfortunately this week I did not find what I was looking for but nevertheless had a great time  creating images. I call this Top of the Reef.   I…

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Sunrise in Makena in B&W

  It was a hazy morning due to south winds and vog.  This is a kind of fog generated by the gasses coming out of the volcano on the big island.  So I decided to make a black and white.  I used a 30 second shutter speed at F11 to slow the water and give…

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